Medical Technology

Laser marking medical and surgical instruments

laser marked cannula

Biocompatible. Traceable. Economical.

UDI or "Unique Device Identification" is based on ISO compliant standard codes, which must be specified on medical products for the purpose of traceability requirements. By scanning the code you can obtain information, such as the manufacturer's name, item reference or expiration date. This allows for error-free documentation and helps ensure patient safety.
Laser marking machines create marks which are resistant to acids, cleaners and bodily fluids. As the surface structure remains unchanged, depending on the labelling process, surgical instruments can be kept clean and sterile easily. Even if implants remain inside the body for a long time, no materials from the label can detach themselves, which prevents harm to people."

Materials suitable for laser marking

  • Titanium and titanium alloys
  • Stainless steel
  • High-alloy steel
  • Coated metals
  • Ceramic
  • Plastics (e.g. PEEK for implants)

Examples


Application examples of medical technology

Laser marking machines have already become a standard technology in many areas of the medical industry thanks to the many benefits it offers. These characteristics of the devices - based on the UDI (unique device identification) or MDR (medical device regulation) - are marked with the laser: Data Matrix codes containing batch numbers, production dates, serial numbers, manufacturer information, product information as well as markings that serve as an anti-counterfeiting measure.

  • Medical instruments
  • Surgical instruments
  • Orthopedic or trauma surgery implants
  • Plastic cannulas
Laser marked metal medical scissors

Why should I buy a laser for marking medical instruments?

Biocompatibility of laser markings: Laser markings are resistant to acids, cleaners and bodily fluids. As the surface structure remains unchanged depending on labelling process, no germs can grow within the markings. Even if implants remain inside the body for a long time, no materials from the label can detach themselves.
Traceability: The marking contents remain legible (also electronically) even under heavy use and after hundreds of cleaning procedures. This means that the parts can be clearly tracked and identified.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Marking content: Traceability codes with dynamic contents

  • A wide range of different markings can be created from dynamic content without retooling or tool changes
  • Marking requirements in medical technology can be implemented easily thanks to flexible and intelligent software solutions.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Intelligent and intuitive SpeedMark marking software that can process data from existing ERP systems and reproduce all dynamic contents in codes

Permanent labelling - important for traceability and quality assurance

  • In medical technology instruments are cleaned frequently and with aggressive chemicals. Laser markings remain unchanged during this process.
  • Laser markings are permanent and abrasion as well as heat and acid resistant.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Individual consultancy, sampling and application testing by Trotec experts
  • Product portfolio that includes suitable, maintenance-free fiber laser systems for all requirements
  • Smart and intuitive SpeedMark marking software that can handle dynamic contents from external systems and reproduce it in the form of text, numbers or codes

Highest marking quality and accuracy

  • It is possible to create even the most intricate details and fonts that are highly legible
  • Precise and smallest geometries can be marked with extremely high accuracy
  • Marking processes can be combined to clean the material after processing or to provide a higher contrast (e.g. Data Matrix codes)

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and optimal beam quality thanks to high-quality components
  • Camera-based component positioning for high precision and ease of use

Flexibility with regard to different materials

  • No matter whether titanium, stainless steel, high alloy steels or ceramics and plastics, including PEEK,  a laser can mark all of these materials

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Product portfolio with suitable fiber laser systems for all requirements, whether as a freestanding workstation, custom-built system or integration into a production line
  • Material database and parameter finder in the SpeedMark marking software to help find the correct laser parameters for all materials.

Marking takes seconds and consequently allows for greater throughput

  • Very fast marking is possible, including marking of variable contents (e.g. serial numbers, codes)
  • A wide range of different markings can be created without retooling or tool changes

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Intelligent and intuitive marking software
  • Fast and highly accurate positioning of components by means of a camera system: SpeedMark Vision - Smart Adjust
  • Integration of contents from ERP files is possible

Non-contact and reliable material processing capabilities

  • There is no need to firmly clamp down or fixate materials
  • Laser technology saves time and gives consistently good results

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Broad product portfolio with the right laser system for every requirement
  • Highly accurate laser marking even on your ""first attempt"" thanks to camera-assisted positioning

Cost-efficient production

  • There is no set-up time with the laser whether you are producing large or small quantities
  • No tool wear

Advantages of a Trotec laser 

  • The SpeedMarker with a maintenance-free fiber laser can be integrated as a laser workstation or into a production line
  • The robust mechanics of Trotec laser systems have been designed for many years of intensive use with minimal servicing

Integration into production lines is possible

  • Hardware and software integration into existing production lines is possible

Advantages of a Trotec laser 

  • Years of experience of integrating OEM galvo laser systems into production lines
  • Software that meets all requirements for interfaces with other systems
"It has allowed us to increase our efficiency by freeing up the manpower that was previously used to produce our fascias. The precision of the cutting and engraving is astounding."
- ​Kevin Leach - production manager at Walker Safety Cabinets -

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